Mother detained by ICE in July released, reunited with children

Omar and Kimberly Cruz talk with attorneys with Sull and Associates after a hearing for their mother, Adriana Arellano Cruz.
Omar and Kimberly Cruz talk with attorneys with Sull and Associates after a hearing Monday for their mother, Adriana Arellano Cruz.

Adriana Arellana Cruz was released Tuesday night and reunited with her three children after being detained nearly a month in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in the Henderson jail.

Since she was detained in July, Cruz’s attorney, Hardeep Sull, and her three children Omar, 21, Kimberly, 16, and AJ, 12, had fought to have her released

Even though the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granting a stay of removal July 15, temporarily stalling her deportation, ICE wouldn’t release her. On Monday, immigration court judge Ann McDermott offered a release on a $5,000 bond.

“These stunning legal decisions despite ICE’s efforts to keep her incarcerated show that the Court’s do not agree with ICE’s actions or arguments to keep her behind bars,” Sull said in a statement.

The Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center, which has an Immigrant Bond fund, posted Cruz’s bond. 

But the family’s story isn’t over. While Cruz was detained, her children, all U.S. citizens, were evicted from their home.

“There has been a lot of trauma inflicted on this family as well as an eviction; their lives have been uprooted,” said Cecia Alvarado, Nevada State Director for Mi Familia Vota. “We have to work for a community in which immigrants are supported and not targeted.” 

Cruz’s next court hearing is scheduled for September. 

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.



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